Türkmen (Turkmen) Amulet Holder

Dating

Late 19th to early 20th century C.E.

Türkmen (Turkmen) Amulet Holder

Origin

Central Asia

Materials

"Silver and brass alloy; fire-gilded, with ram's-head terminals, loop-in-loop chains, bells, decorative wire, gilt-applied decoration, table-cut carnelians, and applique discs on leather"

Dimensions

Leather strap: 4.7 cm; Qur'an Case: 19.8 cm

Leather strap: 45.2 cm; Qur'an Case: 17.8 cm

Culture

Tribe

Museum

Acquisition 

ID#

Türkmen (Turkmen)

MET

2005

2005.443.8

Copyright Status

Copyright, MET. Permission to display image obtained on 05/13/22, conditional on "to link to our website."

Source of Image

"This Qur'an holder is a doga-kumus, a small box that hangs from a chain or a leather strap that was hung over the shoulder or around the neck. This type of silver jewelry was used to keep Muslim prayers, talismans, keys, or coins, and was typically worn by older women. According to an eighteenth-century legend, these hanging Qur'an holders symbolize Islamic power over evil spirits. The front of the box is decorated with gilded and embossed silver disks in half-moon and triangle shapes, set with carnelians. Silver wire and horn motifs decorate the border of the plates and twelve spherical pendants hang from six double-link chains."